Sunday, January 29, 2023

Indians crush Kiwis by 8 wkts in ODI; take unassailable 2-0 lead

India outplayed New Zealand by eight wickets in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here on Saturday.
Opting to field, Indian pacers were on the mark as the hosts bowled out New Zealand for a paltry 108 in 34.3 overs.
Mohammed Shami (3/18) was the pick of the bowlers for India as the veteran pacer snared three wickets while Hardik Pandya (2/26) and Washington Sundar (2/7) accounted for two batters each.
In reply, skipper Rohit Sharma scored a fifty to lead India to a comfortable win.
India were clinical in the run chase with Rohit enthralling the crowd with his trademark pull shots. One of them went for a six, the first maximum of the game, as he hooked Lockie Ferguson over fine-leg.
Fresh from a double hundred in Hyderabad, Gill too came up with some exquisite strokes, including a cracking cover drive off Ferguson.
The New Zealand pacers failed to get as much seam movement as their Indian counterparts, making the task easier for the batters.
Rohit completed his fifty with a single in the 13th over before Shipley had him leg before wicket with a ball that kept low.
Virat Kohli received the loudest cheer from the crowd as usual but could only last nine balls as Santner got the better of him for the second time in as many games. India had won the series opener by 12 runs earlier this week.

Brief scores:
New Zealand: 108 all out in 34.3 overs (Glenn Phillips 36; Mohammed Shami 3/18, Wahsington Sundar 2/7).
India: 111 for 2 in 20.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 51; Mitchell Santner 1/28)

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